|LA ANGELS ( RAMIREZ )|
SEATTLE ( RAMIREZ )
|927||LA ANGELS||-110||Ov 9.5,+100||+130||Ov 9,-140|
|928||SEATTLE||+100||Un 9.5,-120||-140||Un 9,+120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||39-42||+1.6||28-45||4.2||0.243||0.304||0.386||0.690||4.1||0.246||0.307||0.403||0.710|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.9||3-4||4.6||0.248||0.315||0.376||0.691||4.7||0.268||0.310||0.439||0.749|
|vs Right-handed Starters||42-42||-1.4||39-41||4.8||0.262||0.320||0.415||0.735||4.9||0.261||0.320||0.435||0.755|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.1||5-2||5.0||0.249||0.292||0.429||0.721||5.6||0.248||0.307||0.435||0.742|
|7/29/2017||PETIT(R)||@ TORONTO||LIRIANO(L)||6-5||W||105||9.5 ov||O||7||5||2||8||5||1|
|7/30/2017||CHAVEZ(R)||@ TORONTO||VALDEZ(R)||10-11||L||105||10 ev||O||14||6||0||12||5||3|
|8/10/2017||SKAGGS(L)||@ SEATTLE||PAXTON(L)||6-3||W||170||7.5 ov||O||8||6||0||8||5||0|
|8/11/2017||NOLASCO(R)||@ SEATTLE||GONZALES(L)||6-5||W||125||10 ov||O||11||9||0||10||4||1|
|8/12/2017||RAMIREZ(R)||@ SEATTLE||RAMIREZ(R)|| |
|8/13/2017||BRIDWELL(R)||@ SEATTLE||MIRANDA(L)|| |
|8/15/2017||HEANEY(L)||@ WASHINGTON||GONZALEZ(L)|| |
|8/16/2017||SKAGGS(L)||@ WASHINGTON||ROARK(R)|| |
|8/18/2017|| ||@ BALTIMORE|| || |
|8/19/2017|| ||@ BALTIMORE|| || |
|7/29/2017||GALLARDO(R)||NY METS||DEGROM(R)||3-2||W||+115||9 ov||U||9||6||0||8||9||1|
|7/30/2017||PAXTON(L)||NY METS||LUGO(R)||9-1||W||-225||8.5 ov||O||12||7||0||9||9||2|
|7/31/2017||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ TEXAS||HAMELS(L)||6-4||W||-105||10.5 un||U||8||8||1||6||8||4|
|8/1/2017||RAMIREZ(R)||@ TEXAS||MARTINEZ(R)||8-7||W||-105||11 un||O||12||8||1||12||8||3|
|8/2/2017||MIRANDA(L)||@ TEXAS||CASHNER(R)||1-5||L||105||10.5 un||U||6||9||1||9||3||0|
|8/3/2017||GALLARDO(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||CAHILL(R)||4-6||L||115||9.5 ov||O||10||9||1||8||5||1|
|8/4/2017||PAXTON(L)||@ KANSAS CITY||HAMMEL(R)||5-2||W||-155||8.5 un||U||9||3||0||4||3||0|
|8/6/2017||GONZALES(L)||@ KANSAS CITY||DUFFY(L)||8-7||W||125||8.5 ev||O||11||7||0||10||6||0|
|8/6/2017||RAMIREZ(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||JUNIS(R)||1-9||L||105||9.5 un||O||4||4||1||13||6||0|
|8/8/2017||MIRANDA(L)||@ OAKLAND||GRAVEMAN(R)||7-6||W||-115||9 ov||O||11||9||0||8||6||3|
|8/9/2017||GALLARDO(R)||@ OAKLAND||COTTON(R)||6-3||W||100||9.5 ov||U||8||4||0||7||7||0|
|8/10/2017||PAXTON(L)||LA ANGELS||SKAGGS(L)||3-6||L||-180||7.5 ov||O||8||5||0||8||6||0|
|8/11/2017||GONZALES(L)||LA ANGELS||NOLASCO(R)||5-6||L||-135||10 ov||O||10||4||1||11||9||0|
|8/12/2017||RAMIREZ(R)||LA ANGELS||RAMIREZ(R)|| |
|8/13/2017||MIRANDA(L)||LA ANGELS||BRIDWELL(R)|| |
|8/18/2017|| ||@ TAMPA BAY|| || |
|8/19/2017|| ||@ TAMPA BAY|| || |
|LA ANGELS: 2016: 74-88, fourth place
Manager: Mike Scioscia (18th season)
Who's new? C Martin Maldonado, 2B Danny Espinosa, INF Luis Valbuena, OF Ben Revere, OF Cameron Maybin, RHP Jesse Chavez, RHP Austin Adams, RHP Yusmeiro Petit
Who's gone? C Jett Bandy, C Geovany Soto, C Juan Graterol, OF Gregorio Petit, OF Rafael Ortega, RHP Jered Weaver, LHP C.J. Wilson, RHP Jhoulys Chacin, RHP Tim Lincecum, RHP Cory Rasmus, LHP Brett Oberholtzer
Projected lineup: 3B Yunel Escobar (.304, 5 HR, 39 RBI), RF Kole Calhoun (.271, 18, 75), CF Mike Trout (.315, 29, 100, 30 SB), DH Albert Pujols (.268, 31, 119), 1B C.J. Cron (.278, 16, 69) or Luis Valbuena (.260, 13, 40 in 90 games with Astros), LF Cameron Maybin (.315, 4, 43, 15 SB with Tigers), 2B Danny Espinosa (.209, 24, 72 with Nationals), SS Andrelton Simmons (.281, 4, 44, 10 in 124 games), C Martin Maldonado (.202, 8, 21 with Brewers) or Carlos Perez (.209, 5, 31)
Rotation: RH Garrett Richards (1-3, 2.34 in six starts), RH Matt Shoemaker (9-13, 3.88), LH Tyler Skaggs (3-4, 4.17), RH Ricky Nolasco (8-14, 4.42 with Twins and Angels), RH Jesse Chavez (2-2, 4.43 with Blue Jays and Dodgers) or RH Bud Norris (6-10, 5.10 for Braves and Dodgers)
Key relievers: RH Huston Street (3-2, 6.45, 9/12 SV), RH Cam Bedrosian (2-0, 1.12), RH Andrew Bailey (3-1, 5.36 6/7 SV for Phillies and Angels), RH J.C. Ramirez (2-1, 2.91), LH Jose Alvarez (1-3, 3.45), RH Austin Adams (0-0, 9.82 with Indians), RH Yusmeiro Petit (3-5, 4.30 with Nationals), RH Mike Morin (2-2, 4.37)
Hot spots: First base and fifth starter. Pujols started 23 games at first base last year, and will likely play fewer this year after offseason plantar fascia surgery. For now, Pujols is the primary DH, Cron is the first baseman, and Valbuena will begin the season on the DL with a strained hamstring. One problem: neither Cron (.698 OPS) nor Valbuena (.666) could hit lefties last year. The top candidates for fifth starter are similarly flawed. Chavez and Norris finished last season as relievers. Alex Meyer has six major league starts to his name. The Angels might need all of them at points in 2017.
Outlook: It's hard to be too optimistic about a team that's made one playoff appearance in seven years. Yet it's hard to be too pessimistic considering the hard-luck injuries that decimated the Angels in 2016, particularly on the pitching side. Still, 2017 figures to be a transition year. The back of the rotation is a patch job until Tommy John patients Andrew Heaney and Nick Tropeano return from rehab. The Angels will gain some financial freedom after the season, when Josh Hamilton finally comes off the books. Any positive momentum in the meantime would make Anaheim a more attractive destination for free agents. Getting back above .500 would be a realistic step in that direction; anything beyond that is a bonus
|SEATTLE: 2016: 86-76, second place
Manager: Scott Servais (second season)
Who's new? LF Jarrod Dyson, SS Jean Segura, IF Danny Valencia, RF Mitch Haniger, C Carlos Ruiz, C Tuffy Gosewich, RHP Yovani Gallardo, LHP Drew Smyly, LHP Marc Rzepczynski, RHP Casey Fien, RHP Chris Heston
Who's gone? OF Seth Smith, SS Ketel Marte, C Chris Iannetta, OF Nori Aoki, RHP Taijuan Walker, RHP Nathan Karns, LHP Vidal Nuno, LHP David Rollins, RHP Tom Wilhelmsen
Projected lineup: LF Jarrod Dyson (.278, 1 HR, 25 RBI, 30 SB with Royals), SS Jean Segura (.319, 20, 64, 33 with Diamondbacks), 2B Robinson Cano (.298, 39, 103), DH Nelson Cruz (.287, 43, 105), 3B Kyle Seager (.278, 30, 99), C Mike Zunino (.207, 12, 31), 1B Danny Valencia (.287, 17, 51 with A's), RF Mitch Haniger (.229, 5, 17 in 34 games with Diamondbacks), CF Leonys Martin (.247, 15, 47, 24 SB)
Rotation: RH Felix Hernandez (11-8, 3.82), RH Hisashi Iwakuma (16-12, 4.12), LH James Paxton (6-7, 3.79), RH Yovani Gallardo (6-8, 5.42 with Orioles), LH Drew Smyly (7-12, 4.88 with Rays)
Key relievers: RH Steve Cishek (4-6, 2.81, 25/32 SV), RH Edwin Diaz (0-4, 2.79, 18/21), RH Nick Vincent (4-4, 3.73), RH Evan Scribner (0-0, 0.00 in 12 games), LH Marc Rzepczynski (1-0, 2.64 with A's and Nationals), RH Casey Fien (1-1, 5.49 with Twins and Dodgers)
Hot spots: First base and right field. Veteran Valencia has the first baseman's job for now, but Dan Vogelbach is the heir apparent who will begin the season at Triple-A. Vogelbach, 24, slimmed down this offseason ' a necessity when you're 6 feet tall, weigh 250 pounds and expect to play your first full major league season ' and might have more weight to lose. Valencia, 32, has never been a full-time first baseman in seven seasons. Haniger is known more for his glove than his bat, but he struggled (.713 OPS) in limited time at a hitter-friendly park in Arizona last year. Safeco Field won't be as kind. Cruz will play right field if Haniger doesn't.
Outlook: General Manager Jerry Dipoto has paired a staff of fly-ball pitchers with three rangy outfielders, an exercise in team-building he once tried with the Angels. Dipoto caused a stir by executing 40 roster transactions during the offseason, but is it possible he didn't do enough? Haniger has never been atop a major league depth chart. Pitchers Gallardo and Smyly are coming off shaky seasons in Baltimore and Tampa Bay, respectively. On paper, the Mariners look like a top-heavy team without much help in the minors if the bottom falls out. That was the case for Dipoto with the Angels too, and sometimes it worked out OK. More often it didn't.
|Mariners seek jolt from Martinez ceremony vs. Angels|
SEATTLE -- While the Baseball Writers Association of America is still debating the merits of putting a player who was primarily a designated hitter into the Hall of Fame, Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia casts no doubt where he stands on the matter of Edgar Martinez's candidacy.
"(The Seattle Mariners) had such incredible teams (in the mid-1990s through the early 2000s), but the one guy you didn't want to see come up to the plate with the game on the line was Edgar Martinez," Scioscia said. "He's been compared to the Tony Perez of his generation. What a clutch hitter. No doubt in my mind he's a Hall of Famer."
Scioscia and his Angels will be present Saturday night when the Mariners retire Martinez's No. 11 in a pregame ceremony before the teams continue their battle for an American League wild-card berth.
The only other number retired by the franchise is the No. 24 of Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr.
"It means a lot. It makes me reflect on my career, reflect way back when I first started playing and look into the past and make you reflect on the people that have been involved in my life and kind of helped me and in some cases guide and teach me," said Martinez, who became Seattle's batting coach midway through the 2015 season. "In those terms, it means a lot because it's people involved that helped me through all those years."
Martinez spent his entire 18-year playing career with the Mariners, batting .312 with 309 home runs and 1,219 RBIs. A two-time American League batting champion, he had a .418 on-base percentage and .515 slugging percentage.
"It is amazing. ... Just the appreciation baseball fans here in the city have for him and what he did for such a long period of time," Mariners manager Scott Servais said. "His numbers are unbelievable when you start to look at what he did year after year after year. The on-base, the extra base, the number of hits, the clutch hits, it was crazy what he was able to do. It's great that our players get to work with him every day, learn from him."
Those who believe he's Hall-worthy -- the designated hitter of the year award is named the Edgar Martinez Award, after all -- hope this weekend's jersey retirement will shed more light on his numbers. He received 58.6 percent of the vote this past year and his two years of eligibility remaining.
"I think it could. We'll see," said Martinez in his typical low-key manner. "Only time will tell, but I think this is a positive thing."
Said Servais: "Edgar never shows much excitement. I think he's more anxious for it to be all over. It's a great honor, certainly very deserving, for what he's done for this ballclub and this city. I told staff I'm glad I'm here to see it.
"Last year when Junior did his thing it kind of energized our team a little bit. I think this will do the same."
The Mariners could use any help they can get, especially after placing ace left-hander James Paxton on the 10-day disabled list with a strained left pectoral muscle he injured in the series opener Thursday.
That leaves right-hander Yovani Gallardo as the only member of the Mariners' projected season-opening rotation still active, with Paxton, Felix Hernandez, Hisashi Iwakuma and Drew Smyly all on the DL.
The Mariners faced a similar circumstance in May.
"The difference is August is when you're battling for a (playoff) spot," Servais said. "We're going to have to be more fluid (with the pitching staff). The plan is going to be a little different, not conventional, but I think it can work."
The Mariners will send right-hander Erasmo Ramirez (4-4, 5.10 ERA), re-acquired from Tampa Bay in a July 28 trade, to the mound Saturday to face Angels right-hander JC Ramirez (10-10, 4.21).
Erasmo Ramirez is 4-2 with a 2.49 ERA in 10 career appearances against the Angels, including six starts.
JC Ramirez began his career in the Mariners organization before being part of the 2009 deal with Philadelphia that brought Cliff Lee to Seattle. He returned to the Mariners briefly in 2015 before the Angels claimed him off waivers from Cincinnati last season.
He has never started against the Mariners, but is 1-0 with a 5.00 ERA in six relief appearances against them. He earned a victory against Seattle on April 8 at Angel Stadium, his last relief appearance before being moved into the rotation.
JC Ramirez struggled in his last start, allowing six runs on eight hits in seven innings against Baltimore, but had a 1.93 ERA over his previous five starts, including eight shutout innings Aug. 2 against Philadelphia.
He credited his recent success to his sinker.
"Lately, it's been moving a lot," JC Ramirez told The Orange County Register after his start against the Phillies. "I don't know if I'm doing something with my hands, but I like it. If I'm throwing it for strikes, then I can do whatever I want to do with that sinker because they're swinging at it sometimes when I'm behind in the count. I like where it is right now."
|Last Updated: 8/20/2017 12:21:43 PM EST|